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How Hungry Are We For Attention?

I admit that I’ve been a fan of American Idol since season 2.  I’m amazed at how the auditioning process has grown and the number of people who believe they have talent.  As season 6 progresses and the controversy continues about one of the final twelve I reflect back to the weeks when they showed the auditions of Idol hopefuls.  Let’s fact it, there are some people in this world who shouldn’t even sing in the shower.

 What caught my attention the most was the number of bad singers who believed they could be the next American Idol.  After hearing that there are four auditions prior to getting before the panel of judges or on television there has to be an underlying motivation for these folks.  I believe that everyone in this world wants to be known.  I’m not saying that we all have to be in the tabloids, but there is an innate need, maybe it’s biological, to not be anonymous.

 If the individuals who lack talent are willing to emotional sacrifice themselves for the short spot of notoriety is that okay?  Have we created a society that prevents us from getting to know one another?  How hungry are these individuals that they are willing to put their dignity and self-respect and at the same time open themselves up to ridicule..I’d say pretty hungry!

 Are there other ways for these folks or for that matter for each of us to get fed so that we don’t have to sacrifice ourselves just to be known?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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